BETA

Good Gaming – For Honor BETA begins!

GGPC For Honor Beta Access Code via SCAR

UPDATE: An OPEN BETA is coming up this weekend! (Likely start early morning 10th of Feb)

The BETA tests for upcoming Ubisoft hack’n’slash For Honor is about to begin and this ones got a pretty cool way to get yourself an access code so you can join in the fun!

To get your access code you’ll have to design your own custom weapon via the Scars For Honor Website which involves scrolling your mouse wheel like crazy (using the infinity scroll mouse wheel on the G502 is oh so perfect for this :P) which will take you through a battle scene with your chosen faction warrior – you can pick Samurai, Knight or Viking right at the beginning.

As the fight continues and your hero defends the mighty blows scars will appear on your weapon – CLICK THE GOLD MARKER BESIDE THESE!

Once you hit the right scar you’ll be treated to a sweet video about your chosen warrior then be taken to a screen in which you get to design your own weapon, at this point you can switch between sword, katana and axe (even if you’ve just done one warriors path) and when you find the one you like you can tweak the blade, grip and guard to make it your own – once completed you’ll be asked to sign into your Ubisoft account and given a BETA access game code \o/

GGPC Design a weapon via SCAR FOR HONOR CODE

The For Honor BETA test is set to end on the 30th January (likely 31st in NZ), so get in quick!

We’ve jumped in with our own GTX 1050 Gaming PC to see what this one’s like and it’s a tonne of fun, below is gameplay with FPS details and settings used while we battle fight to keep our castle!

 

Good Gaming – Halo Wars 2 Blitz BETA

GGPC Halo Wars 2 BETA

For a limited time those fine folks at Microsoft have made the new Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta available to Windows 10 PC users and you can download it now via the Windows Store 🙂 This early access sample gives us a go at a new game mode designed to put players right into the action.

Blitz is a new twist on gameplay that combines card-based strategy with action packed RTS combat. Your card deck is your army in Blitz as you build collections of powerful Halo vehicles and troops and command those units in fast-action battles.

The Halo Wars 2: Blitz Beta is available to try out for yourself until January 30th, you’ll and the full game is set to release February 18th in NZ.

We’ve captured a quick round on with our own GTX 1050 Hero Gaming PC so you can check things out, with no bases to produce units in Halo Wars the card system is used to strengthen your armies and the currency drop effectively replaced the traditional resource harvesting we had in games like Star Craft and C&C.

Good Gaming – Sea of Thieves Early Access about to begin!

YYEEARRAAGGG Mateys! A new round of testing is about to begin for the upcoming pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves so if you haven’t already now is the time to sign up for early access 🙂

GGPC SignUp for Sea of Theives

Sea of Thieves is an upcoming game being developed by those talented folks at Rare and is set for release in 2017 as part of Microsofts ‘Play Anywhere’ range so we’re going to have to do our installs via the Windows 10 store on PC.

It’s a co-op savvy adventure so get ready to crew up and set sail on a quest for booty with musket and grog in hand, with a massive open world to explore full of beautiful open ocean battlegrounds and tropical islands with treasure to track down this ones looking pretty fun indeed. The next alpha test is set to begin with update 0.1 on the 16th of December and we’ve got a fleet of Custom Gaming PC ready to go for this one!

Good Gaming – STEEP Open BETA Weekend!

UPDATE: Pre-loading for the STEEP Open BETA is available now (it’s 19GB)

The new snowboarding, skiing, wingsuiting, and paragliding game STEEP enjoyed an early access BETA last weekend and this weekend it’s open to all! Drop onto the peaks of mountains and traverse the alps solo or drop in side-by-side with friends to record and share your most insane tricks 🙂

“The Open Beta will allow players to discover the diversity of Steep’s world by exploring, riding and completing dozens of challenges through three of the seven regions composing Steep’s massive open world inspired from the Alps – the Aravis, the Tyrol and the Needles. Players will also find nine Mountain Stories – narrative-based challenges that will delve deeper into unique moments in the world of Steep – throughout their journey. Completing these challenges and Mountain Stories will also unlock new gear for players to customize their characters.”

While the wingsuit and races took up most of our time in the closed BETA tests last weekend this time around we’ll be hunting for snow parks in free roam mode, you’ll find these all over the game map and they’ve got things like half pipes and other structures for busting out grabs, grinds and also specially designed ramps so we can practice up and nail the biggest jumps 🙂

With the full game set to release on the 2nd of December this is a great time to jump in and check STEEP out for free!

Good Gaming – Fractured Space free-to-play space MOBA early access is LIVE

GGPC Fractured Space EARLY ACCESS

Fractured Space is a free-to-play tactical space MOBA that will have you fighting for control in spectacular close quarter battles with massive warships for dominance.

Brought to life in the stunning Unreal Engine 4, you captain a vessel of unmatched combat authority choosing from an ever increasing number of specialised galactic warships. Mastery of a single ship is your first step, understanding your own capabilities and that of your team before taking the fight to the enemy is crucial for success though as things can turn bad very quickly 😛 As your experience increases so will your ability to choose which victories to chase and when to warp out and re-group for another epic clash.

Pick a manufacturer, choose a class and customize your weapon loadouts. As you play you gain the right to command more ships while earning credits to add them to your fleet. Tailor your craft to your combat preferences with crew and weapons options then take on your your interstellar juggernaut into battle. The composition of your team’s fleet is vital to your success, battles may be fought with firepower but they are won with positioning. Your team of five will face an equally ambitious opponent in a ceaselessly transforming fight for control. Your plans will evolve, tactics will shift but as a team you will emerge triumphant. Your individual prowess may be great but it insignificant next to well organised communication, support and teamwork in this one!

Fractured Space is now available to download via Steam Early Access, if you like MOBA games like DOTA 2 or League of Legends and spaceships then this ones definitely worth checking out 🙂

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Battlefield 1 OPEN BETA begins!

Battlefield 1 Beta

UPDATE: You can now download the Battlefield 1 BETA here

It’s time to go boots on the ground at the dawn of all-out war! The Battlefield 1 Open Beta has begun and we’ve started testing out graphics cards for our GGPC YouTube performance test channel with the two game modes on offer – Conquest & Rush \o/

This Battlefield 1 beta takes us into battle on the Sinai Desert map, which features horseback combat, dogfighting in planes and an epic looking armoured train of death! The map supports 64 players so the action should be thick and fast.

Kicking our frame rate tests off we jumped into a game with the new and very affordable Gigabyte RX 460 Graphics Card, we got solid performance from the little GPU and wow does this game look GOOD!

Next we check out the GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop performance and things are looking very good indeed on this new generation of mobile gaming systems, keeping our heads well above 60FPS in the Sanai Desert Conquest.

For those looking to turn up those graphics settings we’ve got the massive Gigabyte GTX 1080 Graphics Card which dominated Battlefield 1 at 1080p but also performed amazingly at 4K!

We’ll continue checking out more graphics card performance with the Battlefield 1 BETA so keep an eye out for more videos soon – there’s certainly a lot going on in the map!

When one side needs a boost, an Armored Train Behemoth will be spawned in order to up the challenge for the stronger team. The train offers a range of weapons and can make a huge difference if used effectively. This means the opposing team will need to adjust to the new presence. Bomber planes are pretty effective if their pilots’ aim stays true, though the train is also susceptible to a surprise attack by an organized group on horseback armed with anti-vehicle grenades. But as you might expect, the Armored Train won’t go down without a fight.

The map also offers different weather than many of the others, including the occasional sandstorm that wreaks havoc on visibility and the gameplay dynamics. Strong winds blowing up sand is bad news for snipers and planes alike, though skilled pilots may be able to take advantage of the chaos. Things like these sandstorms and the variety of locations makes sure you can have just as fun with any of the infantry classes as you can with vehicles, and create a great variation of intensity throughout the map.

And while there’s a ton to do on the ground, there’s just as much going on in the skies. One of the flags can be even taken by plane if you have the skills to safely fly inside the capture zone – you’ll want to make sure to disable the Anti-Aircraft on the ground first, though, as someone could be lurking around on the ground just waiting for you to fly in. If you’re more interested in dogfights, there’s plenty of interesting opportunities for that as well and some of the people at DICE claim to have gotten pretty good at ditching would-be attackers by flying through the canyon without crashing – challenge accepted!

GAME ON!

 

BETA Testing Begins – Red Bull Air Race!

Red Bull Air Race BETA

NVIDIA & Wingracers have teamed up to give away some beta access codes for Red Bull Air Race – The Game!

It’s time to race in the competition that mirrors the real Red Bull Air Race. You can compete against players from all over the world at each accurately recreated location in an attempt to claim real-life prizes and become the 2016 Virtual World Champion. The Game is being developed by racing game veterans Slightly Mad Studios as a AAA game. To achieve a maximum of authenticity, all race tracks and all pilots of the Red Bull Air World Championship will be included.

Quantities are limited, so act fast to get your Beta key for Red Bull Air Race today!

Good Gaming PC – New Closed BETA Signups

With so many great new games coming out of final testing and about to release there is no better time than now to get in some new applications for new beta game tests!

If you like Hearthstone you might also want to check out the Elder Scrolls Legends BETA, a competitive strategy card game set in the Elder Scrolls universe.  Currently, Legends is in a closed beta under strict NDA. You must agree to the NDA before you are eligible and as a result you cannot record video or stream the game.  You’ll just have to enjoy this one for yourself!

Action survival shooters more your thing? Check out the Escape from Tarkov BETA.

UPDATE: They’ve just done the live stream below as well and from what we are seeing – it’s looking great!

Escape from Tarkov is a hardcore and realistic online first-person action RPG/Simulator with MMO features. The players will have to experience living in the skin of one of the mercenaries who survived the initial stage of the Tarkov conflict and after choosing one of the sides – USEC or BEAR – the player’s character must start to make his way out of the city. Tarkov is sealed off by UN and Russian military, supply chains are cut, communication with operational command is lost, and in these conditions everyone has to make his own choices of what to do and how to get out of the chaos-ridden metropolis.

How about large starship to starship combat with the new Dreadnaught BETA.  A game all about big spaceships 🙂 Take command of a gargantuan flying battleship in an ever-expanding sci-fi universe as you fight in teams on battlefields around the galaxy. Choose between five unique ship classes, customized and armed with the most powerful weapons (including nukes!).  This game is looking pretty good and if you’re really keen to jump right in you can grab a founders pack to get instant access to the beta test.

Of course this is just small slice of what’s out there right now, we’ll be keeping an eye on the Battlefield 1 BETA and be sure to keep your eyes on our computers blog for the latest updates – exciting times ahead!

Forza Apex OPEN BETA about to begin!

ForzaApexPCBeta

The Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is about to begin and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel and check things out, this one will run on a variety of Windows 10-enabled machines, that’s right – windows 10 only apparently!   

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is said to deliver a focused and curated single-player tour of Forza Motorsport’s best content, including authentic wheel-to-wheel action, unique automotive experiences, and constant rewards, all running on DirectX 12 at resolutions up to 4K.

In the game, players will be able to dive into a new career mode anchored by a 12-event “Showcase Tour,” where players will race thrilling cars on circuits from across the globe. In addition, Apex’s new “Spotlight Series” events will challenge players with unique automotive events that will be updated on a regular basis.

We do love an open beta and will be checking out the game’s performance across a selection of GGPC hardware setups, Nvidia have already made the new driver available for this one and the Overwatch Beta also so it’s going to be another great weekend of gaming indeed!

GAME ON!

OVERWATCH – OPEN BETA early access now live!

GGPCOverwatch

If you pre-ordered Overwatch you’ve been flagged for early access to the latest open beta tests!  If you haven’t already entered your codes then check that inbox for two early-access keys – there should be one for you and one for a lucky friend 🙂

This BETA opens up to everyone on the 5th so even if you’ve not already joined the battle you can in just a couple more days, the game is extremely fun to play and features a wide array of unique heroes, ranging from a future soldier with deadly aim, to a hook throwing, potion slamming warrior, to a transforming robot tank.

Every hero in Overwatch plays differently, and using their abilities at the right time is the key to dominating your opponents. We’ve begun testing each systems performance for the best settings to use for a 60FPS target (1080p 100% rendering) and we are happy to report solid performance on both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, check out the videos below from our GGPC GTX 950 Hero and R7 370 Shaman Gaming PC!

GAME ON!

GGPC Shaman Gaming PC (R7 370 + AMD FX-6300)

GGPC Hero Gaming PC (GTX 950 + i5-6400)